MOTHER EARTH NEWS Lead the Way

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Many older houses aren't well sealed against the weather, especially around the foundation. When the snow falls, a quick once- around the house with a snow blower throwing snow up against the base of the house can cut down on your heating bills.
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Broccoli: Start indoors and transplant into garden in early spring. Very sensitive to extreme heat. Matures in 60-70 days
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Carrots: Sow thickly (20-30 seeds per foot) and thin later. Won't grow well in rocky or clay soil. Matures in70-75 days.
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Compost is simply decayed organic matter. Leaves make good compost. So do coffee grounds. Grass clippings. And kitchen scraps. (Avoid meat and fat ... they smell.) Turn your pile with a pitchfork once a week and keep it damp. When you add finished compost to your garden, it adds nutrients to the soil and creates rich organic humus.
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For strawberry plants to thrive and survive, they should be planted at the proper depth. Dig a hole to accept the full depth of the roots and then plant so the crown will be even with the ground surface.
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Lettuce: Sow rows of different kinds at intervals throughout the season for continual supply and varieties. Matures in 45-60 days.
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Onions: Plant sets ( baby onions) from late winter to early spring. They're slow but easy to grow. Matures in 90-120 days.
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Corn: Sow in parallel rows so wind can spread pollen effectively. Thrives on plenty of water and heat. Matures in 70-90 days
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Peas: Plant in fall, winter or early spring. They like cool weather. Matures in 60-70 days.
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Radishes: Plant several times during the season - they grow fast. Needs plenty of water. Matures in 25-35 days
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Tomatoes: Start indoors and transplant outdoors when two or three inches high. Three to six are usually enough. Matures in 100 days.

Click on the Image Gallery for tips on insulating with snow, composting, planting strawberries and planting vegetables, all excerpted from “The Good Earth Handbook” from International Harvesters, 1976.

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